The movement of delegates from Commonwealth Games Associations to various venues is causing congestion in central Delhi as buses ferrying them will be given free passage. The tour began at 8.30am and will end at 7pm. The traffic police have advised commuters to avoid the routes that the delegation will take.
Delegates from about 71 Commonwealth countries are scheduled to visit all the Games venues in the capital except three that are located away from central Delhi and these are Delhi University stadium, Dr Karni Singh shooting range and Yamuna sports complex.
Three buses are carrying the delegates and a convoy of eight cars of police escorts are going around the city inspecting the 10 venues.
The media have been kept at a fair distance from the delegates and only photographers were allowed inside the security ring.
Several arterial roads, including Kamal Ataturk Marg, Safdarjung Road, Lodhi Road, Mathura Road, Bhairon Marg, Mother Teresa Crescent, National Highway-24, Talkatora Road, Raisina Road, Janpath, Prithviraj Road and Aurobindo Marg, are witnessing heavy traffic as special arrangements are being made to ensure that the delegates get free passage.
“Motorists are advised to avoid the affected roads. Though the roads will not be closed, congestion is expected,” said SN Shrivastava, joint commissioner of police (traffic), before the visit started.
Delhiites can use alternative roads, but the traffic police have advised people to cancel avoidable trips on the affected roads. Alternative routes that people can take are Ring Road, Vikas Marg to Sikandra Road, Barakhamba Road-Connaught Place-Shahid Bhagat Singh Marg or Punchkuian Road, Shanti Path to Akbar Road via Teen Murti and Marginal Road, and Pushta Road.
Meanwhile, after visiting the upcoming Games village, a member of the CG Federation (CGF) felt that a lot still needs to be done though quite a bit of work has been carried out
The visit of the delegates comes in the wake of CGF president Mike Fennell raising doubts over the Organising Committee’s (OC) ability to host the mega event.
Fennell himself is part of the visiting delegates and would preside over the CGF executive board meeting.